Walks and wildlife at Abergwesyn Commons

Bronze Age cairn at Drygarn Fawr on Abergwesyn Commons, Powys

Abergwesyn Commons in Powys is a vast wilderness, where glorious walks and fascinating ancient remains offer windswept tranquillity across seven wildlife-rich commons.

Valleys and views

Abergwesyn is a place of unspoilt and dramatic landscapes, where steep-sided valleys give way to spectacular open commons with far-reaching views across to the Brecon Beacons, including Pen-y-Fan and Corn Du

The Irfon Valley cuts through Abergwesyn, providing wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. The gorge here is a beautiful spot on a sunny day and is the perfect place to sit and rest for a while.

After a steep climb, Cwm Gwesyn is a welcome sight on a warm day, with stunning waterfalls and plunge pools when in full flow. Dipping your toes into the mountain-fresh water will be just what your feet need after the arduous uphill hike.

The rooftop of Wales

The commons stretch for 12 miles from east to west and at its highest point sits Drygarn Fawr.

This huge Bronze Age cairn is made particularly impressive by its location right on the summit of Abergwesyn and provides a tantalising reminder of a long-forgotten past.

Wonderful wildlife

Mid Wales is known for soaring red kites, and the uplands are the perfect habitat for skylarks, meadow pipits, ravens and red grouse.

The heathland smothers the landscape in a rich purple, whilst the blanket bog, which we’re working to restore, is a valuable home to a variety of wildlife and is an important store of carbon.

With such a combination of wilderness, tranquillity, wildlife and views, a visit to Abergwesyn truly is an escape.